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Friday, September 14, 2012

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain- Darling and Honey


I finally got some! It feels like I've been waiting so long to get my hands on these... Well got them a month or so ago, and promptly sold out of every colour and my local drugstores didn't have them either. Last weekend, while I at Shopper's, I turned the corner and there they were! I know I said I was done with lip products for a while, but there was always an exception in place for these gems.


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling and Honey

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling and Honey

Standing there, in front of a fully stocked display, it would have been very easy for me to drop $90 on a bunch of these, but I kept it together and only allowed myself two (for now...) I ended up with Darling and Honey.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling and Honey - freshly applied


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling and Honey - removed after 10 minutes

The first curiosity that I had was the stain claim. I've read quite a few reviews, but the stain factor of these seems to be a mixed bag. Do they or don't they...? They do, for the most part. Darling stained the most on my lips, but the stain was more pink toned than the lilac hue of the actual balm. Honey didn't leave a lot of stain because it is a closer colour to that of my bare lips. If you have very pigmented lips then you likely won't see as much of a stain and the amount will vary based on the colour you choose.

I love that these balms don't need to be sharpened! I think we've all struggled to get a jumbo pencil sharpened without wasting a ton of product. These simply twist up. Thank you Revlon!

bare lips

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

The formula of these is quite nice. I didn't find them to be drying, but they also aren't mositurizing in any way either. The texture is light, not sticky, and a good amount of shine. They do have a light mint scent (which I don't care for in any lip product) but it is light and wears away quickly.

I had read that not every shade was very pigmented, and the particular shades I chose- Darling and Honey, were two of the less pigmented shades. To swatch them, I applied them over Origins Underwear For Lips to get the most colour payoff, but I found it really wasn't necessary. Yes, the primer does give them a bit more 'oomph' but I still got the true colour without it. Now, if you have particularly pigmented lips, you may find otherwise.

Darling is a pinky lilac shade. The shade is more pink than the Revlon Gumdrop Lip Butter, if you were wondering.

Darling is a rosey nude. It is a very pretty 'my lips but better' shade.

Overall, I really like these. I can see why they are so popular but I would have liked if you got a bit more for the price (just a bit...) I noticed when I was putting things away and one of the pencils passed by my desk lamp that you don't even get a full pencils' worth of product. Come on, at least give us half please! Have you tried them? Which shades do you love?

Availability: anywhere Revlon products are sold, $8.99- $10.99 (I've noticed the price really varies depending where you shop.)